Courtesy of The Warcry
Written by: Carl Lipford and Harrison Cole
(Franklin) — On October 7, the Heard County High School hosted more than a dozen area schools for an Academic Bowl competition.
Fifteen teams competed including Manchester, Greenville, Newnan, Bowdon, Callaway, Northgate, Central, Carrollton, Mt. Zion, East Coweta, Temple, Villa Rica, Troup County, LaGrange, and Bremen.
As the host school, Heard County did not compete so that team members could help organize and administer the competition.
Academic Bowl meets consist of three rounds. The first and second are called lighting rounds. Teams get fifteen seconds to answer math and science question in the first round, and five seconds to answer literature and social studies questions in the second round.
In the third round, teams get fifteen seconds to answer random questions. If the team gets the question right, that team will get an extra discussion for that team only. All questions are worth ten points each.
With an official timer at each head-to-head competition, the pressure is on the students to answer correctly and quickly. “Academic Bowl is very fun,” claims Heard County Academic Bowl sponsor Molly McKee. “But it is also very stressful.”
With all of the teams in attendance, McKee needed extra help to keep the meet organized and to ensure each room where teams two schools competed had an official timer, scorekeeper, and reader. Fifteen teachers and thirty students were kind enough to help out. “It started off kind of chaotic, but it went smooth after everything got started,” stated McKee.